Tana Weingartner

Reporter

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.

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Cincinnati Casino
4:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

One year later, is gambling addiction on the rise in Ohio?

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

It's been a year since Horseshoe Cincinnati opened its doors on March 4, 2013. This week, WVXU is revisiting the series we did when it opened to see how things have changed. Our first question? Are concerns about problem gambling coming true?

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Public Health
2:55 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Arts and health come together to get Cincinnati moving

Dancers from Pones Inc lead other grant recipients at the Contemporary Arts Center in a dance class to kick-off Join the Fun.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times per week. But a community health study finds Cincinnatians don't get nearly enough. Interact for Health and ArtsWave are partnering to try to fix that.

They're awarding $300,000 in grants to 21 agencies to provide active living programs. Interact for Health's Jaime Love says "Join the Fun" is all about getting people moving.

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Cincinnati Fire Department
11:58 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Cincinnati Fire Department to hire 50 recruits

The Cincinnati Fire Department is receiving an $8 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will fund 50 recruits.

According to a department spokesperson, Fire Chief Richard Braun plans to hire the recruit class as soon as May. His aim is to have the class finish the required six month training period by the end of 2014.

The federal grant also pays for the newly-trained firefighters’ salaries for their first two years of service.

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Cincinnati Preschool Promise
11:01 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Preschool Promise plan could save big dollars, study finds

Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education President Eileen Cooper-Reed signs the Cincinnati Preschool Promise following a news conference at Riverview East Academy in April, 2013.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

A University of Cincinnati study suggests Cincinnati could save $48 million if its Preschool Promise plan is successful.

The UC Economics Center report finds the economic benefit per three-year-old class could be as large as $69.1 million if all students enrolled in the plan. However, it says similar programs in other cities usually have about 70 percent participation - leading to the $48.4 million estimate.

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Cincinnati Police Department
5:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

CPD: police-involved shooting 'above board'

Police describe the rifle Gregory Sanders carried as: "The Type Zhongzheng rifle, also known as the Chiang Kai-shek/Jiang Jieshi Rifle, Generalissimo Rifle, and Type 24."
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Cincinnati's Police Chief say officers responded appropriately Monday during an incident in which the suspect was fatally shot by police.

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell says officers went to the Walnut Hills home of Gregory Sanders after he called 911 saying he'd killed his mother.

"We are, at this point, pretty certain everything was above board; that every division policy was followed, says Blackwell. "The fact is that they were forced to use deadly force by Mr. Gregory Sanders who came out of the house with a rifle."

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